As you may know, following government advice, the connexion advised that worship in Methodist Churches should be suspended for the time being. This we have, sadly, done. Thus, there have been no public Sunday services in any of the Churches in the Circuit for several months. Grange Church has held a weekly streamed service since then.
Our regular online service will continue to happen each week, but this Sunday we will also hold the first service in our church building since lockdown began. Church members have been asked to book to attend, and this week there is no further space for anyone else to be added. However, just for this first occasion we are hoping to make the service available online here. News about further opening for services will be advertised publicly as and when we have arrangements in place.
A newsletter from Jo can be found here.
"Lockdown News" was a temporary electronic replacement for “The Link”, our printed newsletter. You can view and download any edition, here; however...
"Mustard Seed" is our new monthly newsletter, produced in a format suitable for onscreen viewing, or printing. You can view and download the latest edition here. If you, or someone you know, would like a printed copy each month, inform Hazel Edmondson.
Each Sunday, we will be streaming a service on Facebook at 10:30am. You can go to the "Live" section of the Facebook page here. Don't worry if you have never used Facebook, just click on the picture to start the video playing. You can watch the service when you choose - it's still available after the live stream ends.
For an update on Christian Aid week, including video of the Youth Theatre Virtual Choir, click here
Member and Toast Church leader David Webster has written and performed a moving new song - to hear it, and find out more, click here
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In Grange over Sands the United Reformed Church and the Methodist Church are working towards being one church.
Both our buildings are in Kents Bank Rd, Grange-over-Sands LA11 7EY:
The URC building
The Methodist building
Although we have been worshipping together for a while, we are making slow progress in agreeing the details of combining in one premises, so at present, there will be a morning service at each church at 10:30am on most Sundays. We will worship together at least once per month, one church as guests of the other:
22nd March (Mothering Sunday)
If you find yourself at the wrong place, do not fear – both are on Kents Bank Road, only 3 minutes walk apart.
Members of both churches will be welcome at all our services, as will visitors from any church, or none.
9.30 – 10.30am Toast Church.
Toast Church meets every Sunday in term time, and some weeks during the school holidays - please check the Toast Church facebook page for any updates.
10.30-11.30am Morning Service.
A lively and informal gathering of families and children, always in the Methodist hall. Parents are encouraged to stay. We start with toast and jam, then songs, stories and activities in the hall. No one is expected to 'sit still'! For those able to stay until around 10.45, we then join with the 10.30 congregation until about 10.45. Most of our members don't come every week and even if you are only in town for a short while you would be welcome to join us (there is always plenty of toast.)
The Morning service usually begins with a short time of singing and prayer with members of Toast Church, and then follows a fairly traditional pattern of hymns, prayers, readings and sermon. On the first Sunday of the month this usually includes celebration of Holy Communion. Refreshments are served in the hall after the service. We are a broad mix of ages with a leaning towards the senior. On most Sundays the 10:30 congregation is 90-100 people.
4:00pm Songs of Praise
This is a monthly gathering on a Sunday afternoon in the church hall. All are invited to choose hymns to sing together. This is followed at around 4:45 by a simple buffet tea provided by the church for those who wish to stay. No set charge, but there will be a plate for donations.
6pm-7pm Reflective worship in the church hall at 6:00 on every first Sunday evening of the month.
Our Taizé style service will continue in the “odd” months – 1st March, 3rd May etc. It will appeal to you especially if you like to sing, if you enjoy stillness in worship and if you appreciate space for something peaceful.
We are using the style of the Taizé Community in France. This Community welcomes thousands of visitors every year from all over the world and has developed a beautiful meditative style of worship service, based around reflective short prayer songs, silence and simplicity.
Anyone can join in by singing, or simply listening. The songs are sung repeatedly and prayerfully, so that they do indeed become sung prayers for us. A small group of local musicians accompany the songs. There is also a time for lighting candles, short readings and short spoken prayers and some silence. Click here for poster
In the “even” months, there will be a variety of other themes and styles, beginning on 2nd February with a reflective service for Candlemas. Candlemas is an ancient Christian festival which marks the traditional end of the Christmas season (40 days from Christmas Day). It celebrates the presentation of Jesus as a baby in the Temple in Jerusalem and is a welcome festival of light in the dark days of February.
10.30am-12noon community coffee morning: every week in the Methodist Hall.
10am (or shortly after) every Wednesday a short prayer time will be held in the Methodist Hall. This is especially mindful of our need to hold the people of our churches and our future work in prayer as we continue the work of joining together.
10.30am-11am monthly quiet communion service: on the third Wednesday each month, in the Methodist Church
10.30am-11am weekly service: in the URC hall
5.30pm-7.30pm (monthly on the Saturday between 13th and 19th) The Well: A gathering for sharing conversation and creative things to do. It’s not ‘churchy’, and a simple meal is provided. Come on your own, come with a friend, come with children – all ages welcome.
Rev'd Martyn Coe
Rev'd Jo Rand
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